Ascent of Smith Peak on 2018-12-09
|Date:||Sunday, December 9, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5242 ft / 1597 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI intended to follow Paul McClellan's 2018-11-30 recommendation to use Dennis Poulin's 2012-02-05 driving directions. From everything I saw, Mr. Poulin's directions are excellent and straightforward and you should use them if at all possible.
However, it had lightly rained a few days ago in Phoenix, and although the entire area was generally dry, we found Aguila Valley Drive flooded and too muddy to safely drive without getting stuck. We were able to reach the dirt road that heads up the mountain, but only through a network of little-used BLM roads. This added over an hour to the trip.
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